- Local authorities across England have been granted more than £11 million to fund projects for clean air through the Government’s most recent Air Quality Grant.
- This funding – double the funding allocated in 2021 – is helping councils to develop and implement measures to benefit schools, businesses and communities, reducing the impact of dirty air on people’s health and increasing awareness of the risks of air pollution.
- More than £42 million has now been awarded through the Air Quality Grant since 2010 across almost 500 projects – building on the Conservative government’s pledge to tackle air pollution and slash emissions.
The Conservative Government have gone further to build on their ambitious course of action to tackle air pollution and clean the air we breathe, as we build back greener and slash emissions.
Transport for Greater Manchester will receive £573,956 of new funding which will be used for particulate matter monitoring and a communication campaign to improve community knowledge and influence behaviour across Greater Manchester.
The Government’s Air Quality Grant has been bolstered with £11.6 million for councils across England for their clean air projects – supporting the uptake of low emissions vehicles, getting more people to cycle and walk, and encouraging cleaner public transport.
This funding means more than £42 million has been awarded through the Air Quality Grant since 2010 across almost 500 projects – helping more local authorities to deliver cleaner air for their communities.
More than double the funding awarded in 2021 has been made available for this year’s grant, meaning a raft of innovative projects to deliver air quality improvements are being supported across the country.
Commenting, Cllr. Dave Morgan, Shadow Executive Member at Trafford Council for Environmental and Regulatory Services said:
“Cleaning up the air we breathe is not only vital to slashing emissions and reaching net zero – but it also helps us live healthier lives.
“This funding boost for Transport for Greater Manchester will be key in the delivery of their project to clean up our air – with £42 million going to projects across England through the Air Quality Grant since 2010.
The funding this Conservative Government is putting in place is vital for cleaning up our air – delivering on the Government’s pledge to tackle air pollution as we build back greener.”
Commenting, Environment Minister Jo Churchill said:
“Air pollution is a huge environmental risk to public health. While it has reduced significantly since 2010, we know there is more to do, which is why we have doubled the amount of funding awarded this year to help local authorities take vital action.
“The projects supported by this latest round of funding include innovative local schemes to boost the use of green transport, increase monitoring of fine particulate matter – the most harmful pollutant to human health – and improve awareness of the risks of poor air quality around schools and in care homes.
“We know that local authorities are best placed to find solutions to the issues they face in their areas, and we will continue to work closely with them and offer support to help deliver real change in cleaning up our air.”